Armed Forces Day honours the outstanding contribution made by current members of the Armed Forces and by veterans of all ages. Held on the 27 June, the day will be an opportunity for us all to join together to pay tribute to our Armed Forces past, present and future.
On the day itself, and in the weeks leading up to it, events will take place across the country, ranging from national and regional celebrations, to dozens of local events organised by councils, ex-Service organisations, community groups and schools.
John Hutton, Secretary of State for Defence, said:
“Members of the Armed Forces and veterans are of all ages and backgrounds, reflecting the diverse nature of Britain today. Current members of the Armed Forces show professionalism and dedication both at home and abroad, often working in the most challenging of circumstances. Veterans have honoured their commitment to defend our country’s interests in Service, and are now valuable members of their local communities. With the establishment of Armed Forces Day, the 27 June is a chance to honour the achievements of the Armed Forces yesterday and today.”
Chris Simpkins, Director General, Royal British Legion said:
“The Royal British Legion applauds the introduction of Armed Forces Day and we will lend our fullest support to events celebrating the achievements and contribution of the Armed Forces people past, present and future.”